Between living in the desert, the dry winter air, and the heater blowing 24/7, I am a dry mess up in here.
In the desert, finding tried and true products to keep from shriveling up is a serious trial and error process. I have tried so many potions, I should open up my own Sephora. But luckily, I’ve found some products that have actually kept my skin hydrated and not ashy, flakey and dry. And guess what? They’re super affordable (read: cheap) and available just about anywhere!
Maybe they’re already in your winter rotation?
My Favorite Affordable Products To Beat Dry Winter Skin
1. Dove Bar Soap
When my brother was really small, he had a bout with eczema. Our pediatrician at the time told my mom to use this soap on him to help with the dryness and itchiness, and it worked! From that moment on, she bought Dove for our entire family, and I have not used any other soap since. I mean, I’ve strayed a couple times because, you know, you have try new things sometimes, but I always come back to it. This soap is really gentle, doesn’t dry my skin out, and leaves my skin feeling soft.
I know there are some schools of thought that don’t believe water actually helps moisturize your skin, but will it hurt to drink more? No, of course not! Drink the water, peeps. Even if you just add one more glass a day, your entire body will thank you for it.
3. Sally Hansen Maximum Growth Cuticle & Nail Moisture
A friend of mine was swirling this cute pen over her nails one night, and I wanted in on the action. I didn’t know what it was about, but she let me try it. I like this cuticle oil pen because there’s no worry of spillage, it’s portable, works well, and the packaging is pink – I’m sorry (not sorry) that pink packaging can sway me toward a product so easily. My obsession with this, and any cuticle oil for that matter, continues.
4. Smith’s Rosebud Salve
I will shout it from the mountain tops, I LOVE YOU, ROSEBUD SALVE! I’ve tried everything out there, but nothing compares to you, (whispering) Rosebud… If you have crusty lips, this will definitely smooth them out. When I need help with extra crusty lips, I slather this on at bed time, and the next morning, I’m back to normal! If this isn’t a miracle in a tin, I don’t know what is.
5. Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream
I love this stuff, it’s so thick! It does a really good job of sinking into my skin (takes a minute), and doesn’t leave me feeling like a grease ball. The moisture lasts almost all day without reapplying, and it’s fragrance free. Pro Tip: If you love this stuff, get a great price on it from Costco: you get two big tubs for almost the price of one in a regular store!
6. Nutiva Coconut Oil
Except for water, you could basically nix all the things I just listed above and use this. Yes, you can use it everywhere. I mean, you can use it to remove makeup, you can use it to oil cleanse your face, use it to moisturize your face and body, YOU CAN EAT IT… Coconut oil is the magic stuff. And I get this brand, organic and all, at Costco (apparently Costco is giving me good skincare game!) for cheapy cheap! Get. It. Now.
What are your go-to skin products in the winter?